NL #21: microservices, marketplace as a service and identity management

SaaS Weekly Newsletter - 02 June 2015 edition

Concept of this newsletter: every week I alternate between an industry news focused email and a product focused email. This week: Products. Past editions are available here.


With ‘containers’, ‘microservices’ is probably the most hyped term in software architecture at the moment.

“In short, the microservice architectural style is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms, often an HTTP resource API.” From Martin Fowler.

A wave of products which aim is to ease microservices management is coming:

  • Giant Swarm: “Simple Microservice Infrastructure. Deploy your containers in seconds.”
  • Opsee: “Now, more than ever, application developers are being asked to own the availability of their code. We're here to help.”
  • Datawire: Resilient microservices for continuous delivery.

Marketplace as a service

Online marketplaces are everywhere, so naturally there is business for the so called “shovel sellers”. Online marketplace operators also need tools to run their marketplace (platform infrastructure, payment, user management...).

Here are 3 examples of software which sell marketplace platform as a service:

  • Mirakl: enterprise grade marketplace infra
  • izeberg: marketplace as a service for ecommerce websites
  • collaborg: collaborative network & marketplace for any niche

Identity and access management

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) space which includes provisioning, directory, SSO, advanced authentication, password management… is booming. As identity management / authentication is increasingly becoming important online, a lot of innovation is happening:

  • the rise of decentralized technologies (ex: Blockchain and decentralized identity)
  • the explosion of peer-to-peer marketplaces (identity and trust are key on platforms like Airbnb, and you should be able to bring the trust you’ve built from one platform to the other)
  • the explosion of on-demand / remote workers (access management / authentication need to be more flexible when your workforce is more and more ‘fluid’)

  • keybase: “Keybase is a people directory. Get a public key, safely, starting just with someone's social media username(s).”
  • pingles: “Verified credential management for the professional world”
  • authenteq: “Trusted. Authentic. Identity. Automatic Identity Verification for Online Marketplaces”
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